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Aurora Reykjavik (Northern Lights Center)
Aurora Reykjavik (Northern Lights Center)

Aurora Reykjavik (Northern Lights Center)

Grandagarður 2, Reykjavik, Iceland

The Basics

Whether you’ve come to Iceland outside of the Northern Lights viewing months or simply want to find out more about the natural phenomenon before trying to hunt it down, Aurora Reykjavik makes for an educational visit.

The Northern Lights Center features four separate areas, which you can explore at your leisure. One focuses on the history and science behind the natural phenomenon, another looks at the impact the lights have had on different cultures and people who live in the Arctic, while another offers tips on how best to capture the aurora on camera. The star exhibit is a 25-minute time-lapse video shown on the center’s 23-foot-wide (7-meter-wide) screen that shows some of the Aurora Borealis’ most spectacular displays.

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Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
$50.17 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Awesome
We had a great time and we actually seen the Northern Lights. We had to go to two locations. The guild was fantastic.
William_B, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

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Fantastic…!…catching the...
evanessaatzori, Nov 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Fantastic…!…catching the auroras like a safari!..we have do it!!..: Clean Sky…many auroras….and much much wind!..
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Fantastic Trip to Iceland
John_M, Oct 2021
Northern Lights in Iceland - 5 Nights - 6 Days. Coach tours
Iceland is an English friendly and safe country and this tour plan itinerary makes the most of the time you have there. Everyday there's something todo and the hotel was pretty nice. Really loved the breakfast. Very pleased overall. Would recommend to a friend. However, make sure if you need a Covid test before you go home to plan accordingly. There's not much downtime on this tour and you need to plan ahead on when to take the return trip covid test.
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Trip on Sun night 31 Oct
Rizwan_A, Nov 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Stopped at a dark spot several km away from Reykjavik and had an hour to take photos of the northern lights that were present. We were also provided with some hot chocolate and a small chocolate treat which was nice.
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Northern Light extravaganza!
Daniel_S, Oct 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Our 3 night stay in Reykjavik was cloudy but on the night of our tour, a good spot near the Keflavik airport was selected for the Northern Lights viewing as skies were clear. The Northern Lights did not disappear. Very surreal but cool to see the lights and stars!
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Unlucky with lights but still great tour
Jennifer_A, Oct 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
We unfortunately weren’t able to see the lights due to unforseen clouds, but the guide tried his best to find them, gave detailed explanations about the lights; helped us with camera settings; i know it would have been perfect if the skies had not been cloudy; we could reschedule for free. Hot choco and choclates provided which was a nice touch.
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Best guide AND tour!
Dinon_H, Oct 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Saw the most magical moments of our lives as the Aurora danced for us. Daniel was everything we could have ever wanted in a guide and so much more I never even knew I could want.
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Absolutely incredible!
Rachel_M, Oct 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Albert was our driver and Kristen was our guide. Excellent understanding of the history of the Northern Lights and the patterns to watch for. My iphone pics don’t do them justice, but this was a magical experience I could not have imagined! Book with a company that takes the time and truly cares about your experience!
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A once in a lifetime experience
Tim_B, Sep 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
After a long, cold night (thank goodness for the warm bus) - well it was definitely worth it. Our tour guide - Daniel the aurora whisperer - was very entertaining and informative, and totally honest about the chances of seeing the aurora. While I would have preferred a less windy night (though of course that was no one's fault) it was something to remember for a lifetime. You're not always guaranteed to see the aurora, of course, but chances are you will. Highly recommended!
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Northern Lights Tour Sept 20
CarlosR_R, Sep 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
The tour guide Daniel give a full explanation of the origins of the northern light but yesterday isn’t good night to catching light and maybe we reschedule for another day.
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Great tour but no lights
Kris_B, Sep 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Was cancelled the night before because weather was terrible so they moved us to next day after contacting them, on the next day we had an amazing evening with an American man as our guide! He was brilliant and so informative, we didn’t see the lights but we had a good day, saw some amazing views of the active volcano at night
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Best Experience
Alexandra_H, Nov 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Hands down this was the best experience ever. We arrived on the 28th Oct and we booked the tour that night, but due to poor weather we didn’t get to see the lights, as you can rebook for free if you don’t get to see them, we rebooked for the 30th and everything was amazing, we saw one of the best spectacles in years. Our guide was Kristinn, the best guide we had in Iceland. Very nice, funny and knowledgeable person. He has a professional camera so if you don’t have one he’ll send all the pictures he took. If you have an iPhone, I recommend NightCap, for £2.49, but totally worth it (I took this picture with the app). Thank you for the amazing experience 🥰
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Amazing!!!
Rachel_M, Oct 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
We decided to book this tour last-minute at the end of our trip and we’re SO glad we did! Daniel was an amazing tour guide and very knowledgeable about how to find the lights. He gave great camera tips and suggested an app to download to your phone in order to be able to photograph the lights. It worked well on my iPhone and I was able to get pics of the lights! It was a cold night (so bundle up!) but Daniel made it better by supplying warm hot chocolate and chocolate lava bites. It was one of the best parts of our trip!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Learn about the myths and legends associated with this fabled natural phenomenon, as well as how to capture the elusive natural wonder on film.

  • The center’s movie runs on repeat so visitors are sure to catch the spectacle no matter when they visit.

  • The center is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Aurora Reykjavik is located in Reykjavik’s Old West Side neighborhood, just west of the downtown center. City bus service 14 stops at Grandagarður right in front of the museum. Hop-on hop-off bus tours also stop here.

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When to Get There

The center is open every day 9am–9pm. If you plan on doing a Northern Lights tour, visit the center before to get tips on the best times to see the lights and how best to photograph them. The center is quietest in the morning and early evening.

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Photographing the Northern Lights

Getting good photographs of the Northern Lights requires preparation and skill. Staff at the center can help you find the optimal settings for your camera, from exposure to ISO to aperture, so that you’re ready before you head off on your Aurora hunt.

The center has a photo booth where visitors can try out their own gear and see how it performs in circumstances that mimic those of real life. Visitors who want to take their own Northern Lights photo, but don’t have the right kind of camera, can rent one from the center.

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